Analyse Asia #138: Xpressbees & Logistics in India

The story of Xpressbees and the state of logistics in India

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Podcast Synopsis: Amitava Saha, co-founder and CEO of Xpressbees joined us in an interesting conversation on the story of his company and shared his perspectives on the state of logistics in India. We began a discussion of how x has evolved from Firstcry which he has co-founded, and how they tackle the challenges of infrastructure on logistics in India. Last but not least, Amitava shared his thoughts on the current reckoning of India startups.

Here are the three interesting points which we discussed during this episode:

  • Amitava Saha discussed the backstory in how Firstcry has decided to spin off their logistics arm into Xpressbees, and the interesting story of his startup journey with Supam Maheshwari on three different startups: Brainvisa, Firstcry and Xpressbees. He discussed how their relationship has evolved across the three startups which they have both co-founded.
  • Unlike most logistics companies that have spun off from their parent companies, Xpressbees are not held captive to Firstcry and have now clients such as Snapdeal, Flipkart, Paytm and many other ecommerce sites in India.
  • The strategy in bringing Xpressbees from the different tiered cities is differentiated and leverage on different infrastructure challenges pertaining to the cities.

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